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We found the perfect heavy-duty protective cover for our Vespa! May 06, 2016 13:23

We had the chance to try out this Vespa cover and we love it! So we wanted to share it with you and be able to offer it to you. 

The best part about it was that we were able to order a cover for ANY type of scooter. We specified the exact brand and size and whether we had a windscreen or a trunk (or both). So we knew the fit would be perfect! 

This cover protects from rain, snow, sleet, mud, and dust. It is a heavy duty and intended for protection for long periods of time. There are other lightweight covers that are intended to be taken with you and to take in your trunk. This is not this cover.

This cover comes in a variety of sizes for every type of Vespa (and other scooters). It provides protection against all the elements including rain, snow, wind, UV/sun rays, as well as dirt and dust. It has a top-rated, durable exterior with soft fleece lining on interior.

 

In our case, we ordered a cover for a Vespa LX 150cc, without a windscreen or trunk mounted on it. Having these kinds of accessories of course matter.

The product arrived promptly, and the package weighed about 3 lbs.

We tested the product for a few weeks and here is our review:

 

Package: folds into a cube that’s easy enough to carry. About 3 lbs.

Coverage: Was very easy to open and cover. It covered the Vespa perfectly.

Material: heavy and waterproof

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Performance: The cover kept the Vespa pretty dry even in the harshest weather (heavy snow). Two thumbs up!   We also used it in a parking garage when we were away for a month, and it protected perfectly from dust and dirt. 

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Conclusion:

A great product for a good price. We love how perfectly it covers the scooter and are very satisfied with the performance. Highly recommended!

If you want to protect your scooter, this is a perfect solution. Either from the weather or from dust in storage. The cube you see in the photos is the smallest the covers folds to, so this is not a cover to take with you, but instead a heavy cover to perfectly protect from the elements.

We loved this cover so much, we decided to offer it for sale on our website.

Covers are available for all sorts of scooters (as well as motorcycles): Vespa, Honda, Suzuki, Aprilia, Beta, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Kawasaki and many more.

Shipping is available to USA locations ONLY.

If you are interested in purchasing such a cover, feel free to email us directly onlinestore@vespaclubnyc.com

Please specify the following to make sure the cover will fit:

  1. Type of scooter (brand/maker)
  2. Year it was made
  3. Exact size (cc)
  4. Does it have accessories like windshield or rear box?
  5. Intended use of the cover? (Do you need a heavy duty one for long term or do you prefer a lightweight one that's portable and can be taken with the scooter - because we can provide those kind as well). 

Feel free to contact us, ask questions, or make comments below. 

*Vespa Club NYC* 

 

 


Vespa Club NYC Aperitivo at Numero 28 in Cobble Hill! March 23, 2016 11:19

Vespa Club NYC Aperitivo at Numero 28 Pizzeria & Cucina in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Our first Aperitivo of the season!

Join us tonight 6-9pm at Numero 28 Pizzeria & Cucina on 68 Bergen Street in Cobble Hill Brooklyn. 

Our happy hour will feature special drinks by Peroni, complimentary pizza, and a music set by DJ Ricky Russo from Radio Nuova York

Featuring the team of Car to Farm – a web series dedicated to exploring homemade cooking in the Italian countryside. 

The event is complimentary but space is limited so please RSVP here 

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Vespa Club NYC team

The event is sponsored by +39 Espresso and Vespa Brooklyn


Join Us for a Ride up to South Hudson Valley on Sunday 9/20! September 04, 2015 14:27

 

Join us on one of the very last days of summer 2015 for a Vespa ride to explore the southern part of the Hudson Valley and discover the beauty of Westchester County!

We promise stunning views, great companies, and some surprises along the way :) 

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/1KKjfpZ

 

General Plan and Timeline:

10:00am: We meet at Vespa Manhattan (6 Grand Street) in Tribeca. Vespa Manhattan is normally closed on Sunday but they are hosting us as their special guests. We will see the brand new office, get some coffee and breakfast refreshments and get to know the Vespa riders while we wait for everyone to gather. 

 

11:00am: Kickoff! We are taking the scenic route and ride up along the Hudson river to enjoy the great views (West Side Highway, route 9A, then route 9)

 

 

12:00-01:30pm: Lunch at Half Moon in Dobbs Ferry. This is a restaurant facing the water with a great view of the river - you will absolutely love it. (See menu here: http://www.halfmoonhudson.com/menus.html )

 

 

02:00-02:15pm: We stop at The Rockefeller State Park Preserve to take in the stunning views. We then continue up on Route 9 through the hills and see beautiful houses, gorgeous lakes, and green trees. 

 

 

03:30pm: we cross the Bear Mountain Bridge and arrive at Bear Mountain Park. We will park at the restaurant in Bear Mountain Inn to get a beverage. We will visit the park, spend some time, and play a fun game (if you choose to). We will then ride up to the top of the mountain and from then drive down. 

 

06:00pm: On the way back down, we stop at Lefteris Gyro, a simple/casual Greek restaurant in Tarrytown for an early dinner/snack, depending on your hunger level. (Menu here: http://www.lefterisgyro.com/Location-LF1-Tarrytown/Menu.aspx?category=All )

 

08:00pm: We arrive back Vespa Manhattan


All times are estimated. Please plan on dedicating a full day for the ride.  

Note: we don't expect everyone to stay for the whole ride - feel free to join and leave whenever you like. We're here to have fun, not to guilt-trip anyone.

 

Important:

  • Please remember to show up with a full tank of gas! (List of gas stations near by at the bottom of this post). 
  • Please bring cash. Just in case.
  • If riding alone - please bring extra helmets. You never know who you'll pick up :)
  • Consider bringing a blanket to sit on in Bear Mountain Park. 
  • Make sure you have the mobile phone numbers of the ride leaders and that they have yours. 

 

Addresses:

  • Vespa Manhattan - 6 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013
  • Half Moon - 1 High Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
  • Rockefeller State Park Preserve - 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville, NY 10570
  • Bear Mountain Inn -  3020 Seven Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986
  • Lefteris Gyro - 1 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591

 

Gas Stations near Vespa Manhattan:

  • BP - 300 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012 (cross street is West Houston Street)
  • Mobile - 51-63 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014 (cross street is West 13th Street)

 

Looking forward to seeing you and riding with you!!!

The Vespa Club NYC team

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/1KKjfpZ

 


This Customized Vespa is a Celebration of Life August 19, 2015 18:26

Every bike is an extension of its owner's personality; the stronger that personality and the events that shape it, the stronger the statement it makes.

Leigh Hammond lived a regular Johannesburg life - working 9 to 5, exercising regularly and spending time with his family. Then he was diagnosed with stage four cancer, and everything changed.

It took 18 months of gruelling chemotherapy sessions, enforced inactivity and two major surgeries before Hammond went into remission - and he reckons he wouldn't have made it without the steadfast support of family, friends and a medical team that went way beyond the call of duty.

 

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This very special Vespa carries handprints from each of Hammond's family members, as well as the names of his best friend, his doctors and his housekeeper, Elsie.

 

You can never repay that kind of support, he says, but he's determined to show how much he values them by making the most of every moment, for the rest of his life.

 

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Cancer survivor Leigh Hammond on his Vespa GTS 300 Super.

 

SHARED ADVENTURE

"I'd ridden motorbikes before," he explained, "but I didn't know much about Vespas. Then a friend who rides showed me his customized scooters and spoke about the camaraderie among Vespa riders, the shared adventure and the individualism they represent. And that resonated with how I wanted to experience life more fully. 

"That was my biggest motivator - getting out there on the open road with like-minded riders. Now I'm planning to take my wife touring in Italy (the birthplace of Vespa) for our 25th wedding anniversary."

As soon as the doctor said he was fit to ride, Hammond bought a GTS 300 Super and set about customizing it. The design features handprints from each of his family members, as well as the names of his best friend, his doctors and his housekeeper, Elsie.

"The idea to include all the people who supported me stands as a reminder of how far we've come," he said, "because cancer doesn't just affect you - it completely changes the lives of the people around you as well."

 

Credit: IOL Motoring


Tom Hanks turns heads as he speeds around on a Vespa in Los Angeles August 09, 2015 03:54

Credit: Daily Mail

 

On the silver screen he has ran the length of America and drifted across the ocean on a makeshift raft.

But Tom Hanks was seen zooming on a mode of transport that is both trendier and more reliable as he took his Vespa scooter for a spin in Los Angeles on Friday.

He seemed to be having a great time as he sped through the streets of sunny Santa Monica astride his Vespa.

The 59-year-old was looking remarkably sprightly for his age in a grey T-shirt, shorts and sandals combo. (By the way, we always recommend wearing closed shoes when riding a Vespa!)

Tom completed his look with a white open-faced safety helmet and a pair of sunglasses.

In arguably his most iconic role in Forrest Gump, Tom relied on his fast feet to get around in locations ranging from Savannah, Georgia to Vietnam. But he did manage to indulge his love of riding when he filmed the romantic comedy Larry Crown back in 2010. Tom even showed up to the premiere while straddling a scooter.

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts on the set of the film Larry Crowne

 

His co-star Julia Roberts, who rode on the back of the Vespa with him during scenes in the movie, was quick to point out that he was far from a smooth operator.

He almost killed me,’ she joked about filming with the veteran star. ‘He almost took one of my legs off - The good leg!’

 

Tom was seen with his son Truman buying the brown Vespa in a Sherman Oaks dealership back in July 2013.

Ride responsibly, Tom!

 


Announcing our first Gelato Summer Ride! July 29, 2015 00:27 1 Comment

 


An Interview with Günter Schachermayr, a Vespa stunt rider from Austria June 27, 2015 00:23

Don't try this at home...

 



Günter Schachermayr, a 37-year-old mechanic from Steyr in Upper Austria, is married and a proud father of 2 kids, and is also a professional Vespa stunt rider. 

Günter recently performed stunts at the Vespa World Days in Croatia, and on June 28th will attempt to pull off one of his dangerous stunts to date, in Switzerland. 

Vespa Club NYC: How did you get into Vespa stunt riding?

Günter Schachermayr: I have been a Vespa stunt rider since i was 19. I trained very hard every day, learned some tricks and one day my wife mentioned that i should participate in the European masterships. I did, and well, I’m still stunt riding and having a lot of fun. I am making a living from my performances in various events, and that`s pretty cool to be able to earn money from something I enjoy so much.

VCN: How long have you been doing professionally?

GS: For 10 years now!

VCN: What do you like about it?

GS: With my scooter I can do what I want, it allows me to be creative, and I get to meet cool people and see stunning sceneries from all over the world. It never gets boring - I have done some very cool and exciting stunts, but there is so much to learn.

VCN: Name one of your favorite places to ride?

GS: I loved driving up the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria. I rode it on the rear wheel of a converted scooter, a total of 14.7 Kilometers in 90 minutes, a world record.

 

On the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria

 

VCN: How often do you participate in professional stunt Vespa riding?

GS: In Europe I participate 6 times each season on motorbike/scooter stunt days. I won the European championships twice.

VCN: What are some of most extreme stunts you've performed with a Vespa?

GS: I would say the most extreme stunt was the crossing of Austria's longest suspension footbridge. It was a real problem because I have a great fear of heights... Plus, the police tried to stop me from riding across, because it wasn`t allowed, it`s a bridge for pedestrians only... So they came with a helicopter but I managed to cross and escape at the last minute… haha

 

Günter on the suspension bridge

 

VCN: Were you ever injured while stunt Vespa riding?

GS: Only minor scratches. We try to make each stunt as safe as possible.

VCN: What are your upcoming stunts? And what needs to happen in order for stunts to take place?

GS: I am doing a riding stunt on June 28th in Hoch Ybrig (a skiing and hiking site – VCN) in Switzerland. I needed the approval from the Hoch Ybrig operator and for that I had to present my project with all the details, and it was necessary to have the stunt covered by insurance in case the stunt fails and I damage the construction. It took me 9 months to get this to happen. And then there's the need to stay in shape. I train with a personal trainer. 

VCN: Why are you interested in doing this stunt?

GS: Well, it’s the speed combined with the height that makes this stunt a challenge for me. In cooperation with the technical-university in Graz I developed a special wheel rim and brake system that enables me to drive up and down a steel rope with my scooter. I intend to activate a signal light while driving, so that I'd be drawing a nice tracer as I shoot up. 

I will use a steel rope it for my following stunt, which I call “Troposphere 4,150” – I will drive up a steel rope into the Troposphere in Roswell, New Mexico space airport, 4,150 meters vertically at a 90-degree angle.

 

 

 

VCN: What drives you and motivates you to do these stunts?

GS: It requires a lot of engineering to work out how these stunts can be done. And as both a machinist and a scooter fan I’m interested and curious what can be achieved with a scooter.

 

You can see videos of Günter's past stunts on his website: http://www.guenter-schachermayr.at 

If you have questions for Günter, write them in the comments and we will publish his answers.

-The Vespa Club of NYC-

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Happy Hour at Trattoria Il Mulino June 24th 6-10pm June 19, 2015 10:10

It's officially summer next week and we are celebrating the fact with an Aperitivo at Trattoria Il Mulino- 36 E 20th St bet Park Ave S & Bway.

Join us Wed June 24th, 6:00-10:00pm for drinks, complimentary appetizers and the company of cool people.

Space is limited, so please RSVP here:http://bit.ly/1StVUdL

Looking forward to seeing you there! -The Vespa Club NYC team

Sponsored by Vespa Brooklyn, Valdo Spumanti, and 39Espresso


Vespa 946 Emporio Armani is launched to celebrate Armani's 40th anniversary June 11, 2015 23:31

‪#‎Piaggio‬ is launching an ‪#‎Armani‬ designed Vespa - the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani. It's gray with hints of green, finished with matte metallic details, a brown leather seat, and high-tech electronic driving controls.  What do you think? Click here for the full story: http://bit.ly/1HqF38f

Left to right: Roberto Colaninno, Michele Colaninno, Giorgio Armani.

All photos courtesy of Piaggio.


Review of the Vespa 300 GTS Super (by David Harrington) June 03, 2015 08:30

 


Photo credit: Vespa USA


Below are excerpts from a recent review of the Vespa GTS 300 Super Sport SE, with ABS, by David Harrington from the Just Gotta Scoot blog.

"New for the 2015 GTS 300, the lower shock mount is now hinged. This allows the front suspension to maintain correct geometry with no lateral flexing. In combination with the monocoque steel chassis the enhanced front suspension contributes to a smooth and stable ride. Also new is the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) with electronic stability control."

 
Photo credit: motorcycle.com

"The stock seat is one of the most comfortable out there. The seat, floorboards and hand controls seem to fit an unusually wide range of physical sizes equally well."

 

Photo credit: motorcycle.com

"Turn the key to the on position, wait for the fuel pump to charge, grab a brake lever, and press the starter button on the right-hand control - the Vespa GTS 300 Super will fire right up. No choke, no "playing" with the throttle, just immediate, smooth running. Twist the right-hand grip and one is launched, briskly, into whatever riding adventure one has selected for the day."

"I like the Vespa GTS 300 Super, I like it a lot. Some would argue that a small-frame Vespa like the new Primavera or Sprint in 150cc is a better choice for riding around town. Not to take anything away from those machines, but I like having a little surplus power and general capability to hand even when cruising parkways at something resembling the legal speed limit (30MPH.... ish....). I still think a big-wheeled scooter is a more capable overall performer, but I wouldn't be afraid to take a Vespa GTS out touring."

 

The full review of David Harrington is much more in depth. You can read it here

 
Photo credit: Roller & MotorradBox


Our first post! June 01, 2015 15:24

Ciao!

We are very excited to be launching our website (finally!)

We have enjoyed your support on social media for a long time and we are thrilled to be able to give you more: Vespa news, info about our events, membership (coming soon!), exclusive discounts, Vespa merchandise, tips and advice, as well as a way for you to connect with eachother. 

We are a small group of people, very passionate and dedicated and we welcome your suggestions and feedback.

In fact - we would love it if you wrote to us what specifically you would like to see on the website, and if we can incorporate it into the website, we will. 

We will continue posting on social media, but hope the website will become a hub for our community to interact, exchange ideas and get closer. 

Warm regards,

The Vespa Club of NYC Team